Both Birchwood Christian School (BCS) basketball teams have a chance to make history by becoming the first Warriors team to earn a Class 2A state tournament berth.

The boys enter today’s (Thursday, March 1) Central Interior Conference tournament as the No. 1 seed with a perfect 10-0 conference record and receive a first-round bye.

The team’s hard work has given them success all season and will be key in the Warriors’ quest to earn the Central Interior’s lone state berth, assistant coach Brad Rud said.

Chugiak’s girls will look to avenge their regular season finale loss to Bartlett today (Thursday, March 1) when the two square off in the Cook Inlet Conference tournament opener at 4 p.m. at West High.

The Mustangs’ lackluster performance led to a 37-34 loss to the Golden Bears on Feb. 24, Chugiak head coach Ryan Hales said.

“We just weren’t in the game,” he said. “We kind of went into the game a little overconfident.”

Chugiak-Eagle River wrestlers have established themselves as kings of the middle school mat.

At the Anchroage School District City Championships held Feb. 22-23 at Goldenview Middle School in South Anchorage, Mirror Lake’s Coyotes won the overall team championship, while the Gruening Colts won more individual titles than any other school.

The 700-mile trip from Eagle River to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, site of the 2012 Arctic Winter Games, won’t be foreign to Team Alaska’s speedskaters.

Whitehorse is the closest town with a short track to Eagle River’s McDonald Center, which houses the only short track in the state, according to Team Alaska speedskating head coach Peter Haeussler, of Chugiak. The seven-member team is familiar with Whitehorse’s rink and its competitors, he said.

“A lot of kids are looking forward to going to Whitehorse,” Haeussler said.

Heading into Friday's 10-kilometer mass start classic race on Day 2 of the ASAA Alaska State Nordic Skiing Championships at Kincaid Park, Chugiak senior Isaac Lammers found himself trailing East's Thomas O'Harra by just over six seconds after Thursday's freestyle race. So when he crossed the finish line in first place in the classic race, Lammers knew he still had a few seconds to worry that O'Harra might come charging up behind him.

But when he looked back down the trail, there was nobody there.

"My coach said 'I've got the timer going,'" Lammers recalled.


Chugiak’s girls basketball moved into third place in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 53-46 win over East on Wednesday, Feb. 22. With the victory, the Mustangs improved to 8-5 in the conference heading into their final regular season game Friday, Feb. 24 at Bartlett at 6 p.m.

Erinn Scotland paced the Mustangs with 16 points and nine steals. Jessi McMullen (13 points) and Jessica Tramp (11 points) also reached double digits for Chugiak.

 Chugiak High senior Marquis Spearman, 18, scored game-winning free throws two nights apart to lift the Mustangs’ basketball team to consecutive, one-point Cook Inlet Conference wins. Spearman scored with 7.7 seconds left in regulation Feb. 16 to help Chugiak defeat rival Eagle River 50-49. On Feb. 18, Spearman drained a free throw with one second left in overtime to give the Mustangs a 46-45 win over South. He is the son of Donna Dutch and Ralph Spearman of Peters Creek.

If Chugiak senior Isaac Lammers was bothered by his runner-up individual Skimeister finish at the Cook Inlet Conference Nordic Ski Championships at Kincaid Park on Saturday, Feb. 18, he sure wasn’t letting on.

“You can’t be disappointed with that,” Lammers said after finishing second to Service’s John Glen in the battle for region supremacy.

Despite finishing about eight seconds off the pace in the combined two-day individual event, Lammers said he’s got bigger fish to fry this weekend — and beyond.

Chugiak’s girls got back on the winning track with a pair of Cook Inlet Conference wins last week.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, the Mustangs downed crosstown rival Eagle River 50-11 and notched a 34-26 win over South two days later to improve to 7-5 in the CIC.

Madison McAleavey paced Chugiak with eight points against South. Jessica Tramp chipped in seven and Alistie Aguilar added five.

“It feels good to get good conference wins,” Aguilar said. “Hopefully, we’ll get more.”

Marquis Spearman doesn’t crack under pressure.

The Chugiak High senior made game-winning free throws two nights apart to help the Mustangs to two consecutive, one-point Cook Inlet Conference wins.

Spearman first lifted his team past rival Eagle River 50-49 with less than 8 seconds left in regulation Feb. 16 at Chugiak. He followed by sinking a free throw with 1 second left in overtime to edge visiting South 46-45 on Feb. 18.

With 4 seconds left in the extra period, Spearman got a steal, rushed the length of the floor and drew a shooting foul.